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Doha Film Insitute to launch two new festivals

Plus: Go Goa Gone directors court Mahesh Babu for next film.

Fatma Al Remaihi, head of programming for the Doha Film Institute. Courtesy DFI
Fatma Al Remaihi, head of programming for the Doha Film Institute. Courtesy DFI

The Doha Film Institute is launching two new festivals. Films from first- and second-time filmmakers are the focus of the new Qumra Film Festival. The inaugural festival will take place next March and will include international competition sections for feature-length and short films, and provide opportunities for collaboration among filmmakers and industry professionals. The Ajyal Film Festival for the Young aims to promote film appreciation among families and educators. Its first edition is in November. “We want to open a space for dialogue about the complex issues facing youth today and to empower them by giving them a platform for expression,” said Fatma Al Remaihi, Ajyal’s director. The festival will give young people the opportunity to sit on the juries that decide Ajyal’s winners. “Over the past four years, our community-based programming has been extremely popular among the residents of Doha. We want to harness the momentum we’ve generated there,” said Abdulaziz Al Khater, the head of DFI. – The National staff

Go Goa Gone directors after Mahesh Babu

The director duo Krishna D?K and Raj Nidimoru, known for their movies Shor in the City and the recent Go Goa Gone, say they’re keen to direct the Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu. In fact, they’ve already sent him a script. “Yes, we’re interested in working with Mahesh. We narrated the story to him and we are waiting to hear from him. This is all what I can reveal at the moment,” Krishna D?K told reporters. Asked why they’ve chosen Babu to headline their project, the director replied: “He is a great actor and we want to make a different kind of commercial film for a larger audience.” – IANS

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